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Residents allege BBMP turns a blind eye to their concerns

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Workers cleaning drains at Nanjappa circle. PC: Rahulraj.S

Workers cleaning drains at Nanjappa circle. PC: Rahulraj.S

BENGALURU: “Cleanliness is a basic necessity for one to live in a society, but our place is always overlooked by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials,” said G.S Renukaprasad, President of Shantinagar Residents Welfare Association (SRWA), lamenting the pitiable condition of the residents living in Nanjappa circle.

Bad roads, stray dogs, water contamination, and a garbage menace are some of the civic issues in the area. The civic authority trivializing these issues is resulting in great deal of inconvenience to the residents, said Anand, Vice-President of SRWA.

Speaking about one of the lack of public sanitation facilities, Sashikala, a resident said, “The public toilets are demolished by BBMP officials and are not rebuilt because of which the people are defecating in the open space. This causes a bad odour and health issues. Many people in our locality are suffering from dengue and malaria.”

The presence of stray dogs and cows are also a cause of concern. Mirza, another resident said, “Pedestrians are tensed while walking through our lanes because of prowling stray dogs. In the recent past, five people were attacked by stray dogs in our lane.”

Disillusioned by the lax attitude of the BBMP authorities over these issues, over 1,000 residents held a silent protest from Saint Michael’s Church in Shantinagar to Nanjappa Circle on February 1. The residents allege that some goons tried to sabotage their protest, but later police intervened to safeguard them.

– Rahulraj.S, I MS Comm

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